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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,690Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 327 out of 1269

$343K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 302 out of 1269

263 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
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this specialty
in Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 263 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,140 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Maryland
SIMVASTATIN 185 102 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 170 112 2 4
METFORMIN HCL 168 104 3 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 147 91 4 2
LISINOPRIL 125 68 5 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 93 6 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 113 100 7 57
OMEPRAZOLE 101 36 8 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 75 9 33
TRAMADOL HCL 95 37 10 16
FUROSEMIDE 83 66 11 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 58 12 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 76 63 13 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 76 68 13 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 72 61 15 11
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 37 16 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 38 17 19
CRESTOR 55 49 18 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 54 49 19 7
SPIRIVA 54 41 19 64
MIRTAZAPINE 50 44 21 24
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Oct. 22, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.